Asobi is a Japanese word meaning fun or play, and its connotations are varied, from the innocent to the kinky. In a nutshell, ASOBI contains the spirit of our company and work: to dedicate our lives to the pursuit and perfection of our passions while reminding ourselves that our path is that of joy and celebration, despite the struggles.
The way to achieve a state of asobi is by creating a positive effect in our community, helping others heal first and bringing more meaning to their lives.
What ASOBI NY Does:
ASOBI NY is a production company involved in the creation, promotion, education and diffusion of music, literature, performing and visual arts as well as the organizer and producer of spiritual and healing workshops. We draw on shamanic practices from North and South America and lessons from Eastern spiritual practices like Tantra to inspire our work. Our productions are based on these ancient techniques that we use in the present for ourselves and our community.
Specifically important to us are works that inspire and motivate others to enjoy life, accept change, take risks and help others make difficult decisions for the benefit of spiritual advancement. We believe that artists are healers. Our commitment extends to creating written material, spoken word, audio visual works, music and live performances as well as promoting the works of independent filmmakers, photographers, writers, musicians and performance artists in different genres who strive to create, through their work, a positive effect on people.
In addition, the organization offers workshops that promote different methods of healing and spiritual growth which will be focused on North and South American shamanic tradition, especially from Peru. Our target audience is the world, but our most immediate niche is the gay, bisexual or open community of the city of New York.
ART & WORKSHOPS
- Podcasts (Music/Spoken Word)
- Live Performances (Dance/Theater/Music)
- Digital Publishing
- International Productions
Shamanism & Tantra for Men who like Men
Combined, Shamanism and Tantra can provide us with tools of transformation, from how we feel about ourselves to how we commune with our planet and other people, and especially, for an alternative approach to how men can establish a sexual connection with other men, based on compassion and awareness and not just sexual desire.
Asobi NY recognizes the importance of promoting wholeness within the LGBT community .“Some gay persons reading about traditional Tantra may get the erroneous idea that Tantra’s heterosexual imagery does not apply to gay-identified persons. In fact, part of the conjoined male and female figures is that spiritual wholeness requires a union of “male” and “female” within each of us. I believe those who achieve a fully integrated gay identity accomplish this goal as part of the process. From a tantric perspective, therefore, a gay identity or gay consciousness is an advantage, more “spiritual” than a non-gay, gender-polarized identity or more limited consciousness. Tantra would have us all become more gay in the sense of integrating the male and female within ourselves regardless of the gender of our sexual/romantic partners.”
William Schindle in Gay Tantra.